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regional governing body

The Regional Governing Body is responsible for a hub of up to three academies.  In order to ensure representation from each member academy, two governors and their headteacher are elected to the Regional Governing Body.  The Regional Governing Body meets six times a year. The Regional Governing Body reports up to the Trust Board who quality assure their work.

Key areas of responsibility for the Regional Governing Body are:


- Engage in Governor Monitoring visits to quality assure the impact of the school plan on the improvement in teaching and learning

- Approve the SEF and review all evaluative data for rigour and impact

- Approve the academy Strategic Plan

- Liaise with the Community Consultation Group to ensure parent voice is strong in the academy.

- Ensure statutory requirements for safeguarding are maintained

Finance and Audit

- Finance and audit responsibilities sit with the Trust Board except the impact of expenditure relating to the Pupil Premium Grant, Sports Premium Grant and funding for pupils who have a special educational need and/or disability.

Human Resources

- Appointment of all Staff not on Leadership Scale.

- Appraisal of staff not on the leadership scale.

Infrastructure and Procurement 

- Risk Assessment procedures across the academy

- Health and Safety of the academy

- Grounds maintenance



Mr Graham Chisnell – Trust CEO & governor responsible for school standards and business.

I am CEO of Veritas MAT and executive headteacher of both Warden House Primary School and Pilgrims' Way Primary School.  I am both a trustee for Veritas MAT and governor on the Regional Governing Body.  I bring a range of experience to the board and support a governance link between the Regional Governing Body and Trust Board.

Miss Anne-Marie Middleton – School headteacher and governor responsible for school standards.

I am headteacher of Pilgrims' Way Primary School in Canterbury.  I have experience in senior leadership in three primary schools and have been Head of School in Warden House Primary School. I have a masters degree in education and have a wealth of experience in the social emotional wellbeing of staff and pupils.

Mr Douglas Price - Chair of Governing Body and governor Responsible for health and safety.

I have a wide experience in health and safety, managing the health and safety needs in industry and leading training in health and safety for the private and public sector. I have a passion for supporting the needs of the pupils across our schools and am proud to lead the Regional Governing Body as Chair. 

Mrs Liz Wozny  - Governor responsible for school standards.

I have a range of management experience in the health sector. I am a parent at Warden House Primary School. I am very pleased to be in a position where I can support the schools within Veritas MAT to provide the strongest support for their staff, pupils and community. 

Mr Rob Hackett - Headteacher and governor responsible for school standards.

I am headteacher of Warden House Primary School in Deal. I have experience in mainstream and special education. I am proud to be headteacher of a National Support School and have a keen interest in mentoring for school leaders.

Mrs Ann Taylor-Williams - Governor responsible for school standards.

I have a wide range of experience in education.  I have been a teacher and am currently employed in the specialist teaching and learning service, supporting schools in provision for pupils with complex needs. I am delighted to be a governor within Veritas MAT and provide support to the schools within this trust.

Mrs Lucy Watson - Governor

I have been a full time mother since January 2017. Prior to that, I taught in secondary schools in both London and East Kent for 19 years. I have experience as deputy headteacher, head of English and have been an examinations officer. I have also served as an SSAT Lead Practitioner for curriculum design. I have experience as a school governor in London for 13 years.  My particular interests lie in school effectiveness and school improvement, pupil outcomes. I have a son at who attends Warden House Primary School.  

Mr Peter Norton - Governor

I have been a primary school teacher in the local area for over 15 years. My teaching roles have enabled me to build up a knowledge and understanding of the wide range of challenges which schools face. As well as teaching, I have also worked strategically and across partnerships of schools when working for the Dover School Sports Partnership. Throughout this time, I have enjoyed excellent relationships collaborating with different schools, headteachers and teaching staff. I have a long association with Warden House Primary School as a teacher and parent with all three of my children attending the school.

Supporting the Regional Governing Body

Mrs Dawn Hunter-Wardle - Clerk to the Regional Governing Body

Mrs Alison Moon - Company Secretary


Register of Pecuniary Interests of Governors

Name Role Term of office Responsibilities Declared Interest Organisation in which interest is held 
Graham Chisnell CEO Veritas MAT Ongoing  

Executive Headteacher


Spouse - teacher

National Leader of Education

Ofsted inspector


Warden House & Pilgrims' Way Primary


Worth Primary


HMI / Ofsted


Anne-Marie Middleton Headteacher Pilgrims' Way Primary Ongoing   None declared  
Douglas Price

Governor VMAT Trustee

20.7.15-20.7.19 Health & Safety


Charters member

Member of review panel

Price & Price Associates




Liz Wozny Governor 5.12.17-5.12.21   None declared  
Rob Hackett Headteacher Warden House Ongoing   None declared  
Anne Taylor-Williams Governor 15.5.18-15.5.22   Employee Specialist teaching and learning service (KCC)
Lucy Watson Governor 29.2.19-29.2.23   None declared  
Peter Norton Governor 29.2.19-29.2.23  

Spouse- teacher 




Warden House Primary School​​​​​​

Northbourne Primary School



Contact Us

Veritas Multi Academy Trust, c/o Warden House Primary School, Birdwood Avenue, Deal, Kent, CT14 9SF

01304 375040